Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances. Her childhood home was Dorset, England. She left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris. She was married to François Oliviennes, a French obstetrician. They live in a 19th century country house with their children, Hannah, Joseph, and George.IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
|Dr. François Olivennes||(1987 - 2005) (divorced) 3 children|
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#50). 
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. 
Older sister of Serena Scott Thomas.
Speaks French fluently. Dubbed herself in French in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Is the eldest of five.
Has three children: Hannah (b. 1988), Joseph (b. March 1991), and George (b. August 21, 2000).
She was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003 for her performance in "Three Sisters" at the Playhouse.
She was awarded Legion d'Honneur, France's highest civilian award, in January 2005 honors list.
She also dubbed herself in French for Random Hearts (1999).
Ex-sister-in-law of Scott J. Tepper.
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Was told by a school teacher back in her native England that she wouldn't make it as an actress because there was no money to be made of it and that's what influenced her to move to France where she currently still resides.
Considers herself more French than British, having lived in Paris for more years than in her homeland.
In the late 1990s she was scheduled to appear opposite Harrison Ford in a doomed production titled "Age of Aquarius," but the project fell through due to financing complications. Yet again when she was up for the role of Harrison Ford's leading lady in Six Days Seven Nights (1998), she lost the part to Anne Heche.
Has lived in Paris since she was 19.
Was approached to play Emily Tallis in Atonement (2007).
Has three children with her husband, Hannah (born in 1988), Joseph (born 1991), and Georges (born 2000).
She won a 2008 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of her performance in "Seagull" at the Playhouse.
The Golden Compass (2007), in which she had a small role, finished it's domestic box office run on March 6 2008. The day after, March 7 2008, her movie The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) opened in theaters.
Was considered for the part of Mrs. Lovett in a film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Is a Georgian descendant on her Grandmother's side.
Speaking an almost perfect French, with only a small hint of English accent, she provided her own dubbing in most of her movies shot in English.
People have always told me I was beautiful, but beauty isn't the same as attractiveness and I don't think I have ever been attractive . . . My sister Serena is beautiful and attractive, but not me.
The parts I've been most successful in are the ones I've desperately, desperately wanted. One of them being Four Weddings. I couldn't think of anyone better for that part than me. And the other was The English Patient. Occasionally, you read scripts and, well, there you are on the page.
I'm 47 - unlike most actresses, I don't lie about my age - but I'm liking this bit. I love it. I wouldn't swap it for a million years.
I'm not complaining. I love the teamwork of making films, and you get to go to the most beautiful places. It's a very privileged life in that respect. And you live about eight different lives when you're making a film - 12 hours a day for 6, 8, 10 weeks just pretending to be someone else. I find that very stimulating. And then every now and then I go to a film that just blows you away, and that encourages me to want to make another.
I've always really wanted to be onstage but movies kind of carry you along. You get swept away by them. And there's this feeling sometimes of being a bit of a pawn and of other people channeling their ambition through you. They make films, they make films, they make films. But theater - good theater - is rarer. If you see a really amazing production - there aren't many, but if you see one - it stays with you forever and ever. Films are just consumables. The experience of living theater is more powerful.
[At the École Nationale Supérieur des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, Marcel Bozonnet] was a proper teacher. He was just a grown-up, very smart devourer of all things cultural, and I said to myself: 'Yes, yes, I want to be like him! I don't want to do kitchen-sink dramas, I don't want to be on telly, I want to do what he does.'
When I speak English, I've been told, I have this patrician way of speaking that's very irritating. It's the whole class thing. But the French they have no inkling. Another thing is that your first success tends to mark you. In England the first time I was ever on screen I was playing an Evelyn Waugh character in A Handful of Dust (1988), and people loved it. But that sort of thing just grows, and people want to see you reproduce your own work. In France, thank goodness, they don't really get that.
People will now go to films with subtitles, you know. They're not afraid of them. It's one of the upsides of text-messaging and e-mail. Maybe the only good thing to come of it.
[on ageism in Hollywood]: I am just so angry about it and bored with it too. I am so pleased to be working here in France where women of my age are still regarded as having something to say and filmmakers find us emotionally intriguing. Just because you have a few wrinkles does not mean you do not have anything meaningful to contribute. As you get older, it all becomes richer and the implications of everything you do become so much more complicated - and therefore more interesting. Your life as a woman does not end because you are 35 or 45. (2010)
On The English Patient (1996): It was so emotional that it did not end up being much fun. It was an extraordinary experience because I was working with Anthony Minghella and Ralph Fiennes, and I was aware of that, but it was very intense and painful. To be comfortable with exploring things that were difficult and coming away intact. That has all begun to happen since I started working in France, and that has made me braver. I have started to loosen up to things.
|The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008)||€300,000|
(January 2006) Stars in the Luigi Pirandello play "As You Desire Me" at the Playhouse Theatre, West End, London, England.
(October 2008) She is starring as "Arkadina" in "The Seagull" at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.
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